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Strategic Choices for Education Reform: Description

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Low and middle-income countries agree that they cannot achieve economic growth and development unless they strengthen their education systems to tackle the twin challenges of poverty reduction and the creation of modern, dynamic, and cohesive economies and societies.

Despite remarkable improvement in achieving access to education in the past decade, countries have been struggling to improve the quality of education and to extend the development effort beyond basic education. Making strategic choices and getting results have become the focus of current education reform initiatives.

This year’s course will have a sharper focus on building accountability throughout the education sector with the ultimate purpose of improving education quality. The course will offer a practical and comprehensive framework for understanding education systems and designing approaches for developing and analyzing reforms across the educational spectrum ranging from elementary through tertiary and vocational schooling.

The course provides a unique opportunity to use the expertise of the World Bank senior staff on country team’s Action Plans for education reform.

During the two week course, participants will gain insight in preparation and management of sector wide education reform by analyzing communication, stakeholder and political strategies, exploring case studies in capacity building for reform management and examining theoretical and empirical bases for reform strategies.

This year, a special emphasis in the course will be placed on the issues of incentives and information for enhancing accountability and efficiency (conducting national assessment, providing information to clients, ministries “learning from doing”), education quality (standards, effective teaching, school leadership, and learning assessment) and the evaluation of project impact.

There has been an increasing demand for this course which is being continually updated and modified to meet the changing needs of various countries and regions. This is the 11th year of its delivery as a Global Core Course in Washington, DC. It has been customized and delivered in various regions around the world and has been translated into six different languages.




March 8-19,2010

Washington, DC

Maryland State Department of Education

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